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Housing Inventory Remains Low While Sales Cool

The Houston area remains at 1.8-months supply of inventory while sales continue to cool. October was the second month of the year for the Houston area to experience a decline in home sales. Single-family homes sales fell 5.2 percent versus last October, and sales of all property types were down 3.1 percent year-over-year.

Month-to-Month Comparison:

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Total Property Sales5,8007,3938,9657,1927,91711,15313,04311,12111,13711,2329,66011,572
Total Active Listings39,69940,09140,93241,15139,51636,90136,05534,18132,04731,38429,94826,821
Single-Family Home Sales4,6996,0447,5666,1996,6719,32810,9179,1959,1019,2877,9909,652
Townhome/Condominium Sales398465533373405577685639652636580662
Single-Family Months of Inventory3.53.53.53.63.53.23.02.82.52.42.21.9
Single-Family Pending Sales7,2128,5477,8857,12510,55911,61011,18510,5989,5079,6808,2657,469
Days on Market686865585856565151474646

Single-Family Sales by Price Range (Harris, Fort Bend, Brazoria & Montgomery Counties)

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$1 - $99,999109107978298921007970856085
$100,000 - $149,999277328361258301346316253294278221268
$150,000 - $249,9991,7572,1312,6882,1802,3092,9273,4062,8452,9322,9072,3972,925
$250,000 - $499,9991,4612,0562,5472,2002,2783,4034,1573,4643,4163,4723,2163,887
$500,000 - $749,999226277402324342548766613580611515650
$750,000 and above124161258191157282424398355393335443

BUYING A HOME BEFORE DECEMBER 31st Can Save you Money!

If you are in the market for a new home, purchasing prior to December 31st, 2021 can save you money. Buyers that close before the end of the year are qualified to apply for a homestead exemption at the beginning of 2022.  

Please remember, Leslie Lerner Properties can also save you money by offering flat fee listings and rebated commissions.  
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Houston Area Holiday Events

The holidays are upon us and some of your favorite events are back for the 2021 season.

PERFORMING ARTS

A Christmas Carol – November 19 – December 29, 2021 – Alley Theatre
A highly inventive adaptation of the Dickens classic pared down to its essential elements. A resident company of actors assemble to perform a new production of the heartwarming Christmas story. When two of the troupe’s actors can’t arrive in time for the performance, others step in to create a magical world of holiday make-believe. It will be  A Christmas Carol  like no other. 

Bob Schneider and The Moonlight Orchestra Holiday Show – November 26, 2021 – Hobby Center
Another “out of Duck” experience – Bob Schneider and the Moonlight Orchestra. Start your holiday season this year at the beautiful Zilkha Hall at the Hobby Center when the Mucky Duck presents Bob Schneider and his annual Moonlight Orchestra Holiday show. Join Bob for a magical evening that will kick off your holidays in style. You’ll be able to enjoy your favorite holiday standards, but don’t worry, you’ll also be dancing in your seats to Bob’s other hits!  With special guest Lex Lund and other surprises!

Houston Ballet’s The Nutcracker – November 26 – December 24, 2021  – Wortham Theater
Bring the family back to the theater to share the joy of Clara’s magical journey to the Kingdom of Sweets this holiday season! Stanton Welch’s The Nutcracker is a grand spectacle of opulence and one of the most splendid versions of this holiday classic ever staged. With hundreds of roles and a myriad of exquisite details that will leave you discovering something new in every performance, Welch’s The Nutcracker is a positively joyous treat for ballet lovers of all ages. Rejoice in the return of this time-honored tradition!

Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty – November 26 – November 28, 2021 – Jones Hall
Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1 is a perennial audience favorite, as evidenced by its selection as Britain’s favorite classical work in a Classic FMpoll. “Absolutely stunning” (Chicago Tribune) Dutch violinist Simone Lamsma delivers an electrifying performance, and romantic and enchanting music from Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty ballet score rounds out a Thanksgiving-weekend program the whole family will love.

The Grand Ole’ Christmas Show – November 27, 2021 – Hobby Center
Will Hearn’s Grand Ol’ ChristmasShow is a raucous, rollicking, one-of-a-kind musical comedy featuring Americana standout, Blue Water Highway! A live retro radio show bringing sketch comedy antics and your all-time favorite Christmas classics to in a traditional Christmas eve broadcast at the 1225 N-O-E-L studios, led by Nick Brown’s Radio Orchestra and Gospel Singers, and the best entertainers in Texas. Made for music and comedy lovers from boomer to millennial this tribute to American Christmas traditions cleverly and progressively blurs the lines between heartfelt nostalgia, and contemporary pop-culture satire.

Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker + Gil Shaham – December 3 – 5, 2021 – Jones Hall
To celebrate the holidays, Andrés Orozco-Estrada and the orchestra share music from Tchaikovsky’s iconic Nutcracker score. Experience the full sonic color and splendor of this treasured masterpiece as never before in this special performance featuring the entire Houston Symphony. Running the gamut from radiant lyricism to jaw-dropping fireworks, Barber’s Violin Concerto is one of the most beloved in the repertoire, and no one plays it better than international superstar Gil Shaham. Shaham also joins Principal Bass Robin Kesselman for the dazzling Gran Duo Concertante by double bass virtuoso Giovanni Bottesini.

Musical Treats from The Nutcracker – for Kids – December 4, 2021 – Jones Hall
The Symphony’s popular Holiday Family Concert returns! Delight in the magic of the holiday season and treat your family to a morning of musical fun they’ll remember for years to come as Music Director Andrés Orozco-Estrada leads treasured selections from The Nutcracker, plus other holiday favorites. Presented in a casual, family-friendly setting, this 50-minute concert will have your little ones picturing sugar plums and sparkling snowflakes, and comes complete with fun interactive activities and a visit from Santa himself!

White Christmas Presented by Chris Mitchell – December 5, 2021 – Hobby Center
Grammy Recording Academy Saxophonist Chris Mitchell delivers renditions of Christmas classics such as White Christmas and Let It Snow, along with fan favorites from all six of his albums.

Disney’s Little Mermaid – December 7 – 24, 2021 – Hobby Center
Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen’s most beloved stories and the classic animated film, The Little Mermaid is a hauntingly beautiful love story. With music by eight-time Academy Award winner, Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater and a compelling book by Doug Wright, this Broadway gem will capture your heart with its irresistible songs, including “Under the Sea,” “Kiss the Girl” and “Part of Your World.”

Ariel, King Triton’s youngest daughter, wishes to pursue the human Prince Eric in the world above, bargaining with the evil sea witch, Ursula, to trade her tail for legs. But the bargain is not what it seems, and Ariel needs the help of her colorful friends, Flounder the fish, Scuttle the seagull and Sebastian the crab to restore order under the sea.

Potted Potter – December 7, 2021 – January 2, 2021 – Hobby Center
Playing to sold out houses all over the world, the Olivier Award nominated Potted Potter – The Unauthorized Harry Experience – A Parody by Dan and Jeff takes on the ultimate challenge of condensing all seven Harry Potter books (and a real life game of Quidditch) into seventy hilarious minutes. Even if you don’t know the difference between a horcrux and a Hufflepuff, Potted Potter will make you roar with laughter.

The Elf on the Shelf – December 9, 2021 – Smart Financial Centre
The new Christmas tradition Elf on a Shelf – The Christmas Musical returns to delight kids of all ages. Experience the magic of Santa’s scout elves as they help Santa prepare for the most magical night of the year. Elf on the Shelf is fun for the whole family!

Handel’s Messiah – December 10 – 12, 2021 – Jones Hall
The glorious holiday tradition of Handel’s Messiah returns! The Houston Symphony, chorus, and guest soloists fill Jones Hall with joyous refrains and exultant arias, including the iconic “Hallelujah” Chorus, in this moving and powerful presentation of the greatest story ever told.

Sarah Brightman – A Christmas Symphony – December 18, 2021 – Smart Financial Centre
The world’s biggest-selling soprano and legendary GRAMMY® Award-nominated artist Sarah Brightman begins a new Christmas tradition this year with her first-ever A Christmas Symphony Tour. Accompanied by orchestra and a choir, Sarah decks the halls with show-stopping renditions of classics from the Christmas canon, along with personal holiday and fan favorites. 

Very Merry Pops – December 18 – 19, 2021 – Jones Hall
Gather with loved ones in a warm and cozy winter wonderland for a sleigh-full of holly, jolly musical cheer! Broadway’s Rodney Ingram (The Phantom of the Opera) joins the Symphony and Chorus for heartwarming favorites and treasured carols. Complete with sparkling decorations and a visit from Santa, there’s no better way to get into the holiday spirit!

A Pentatonix The Evergreen Christmas Tour 2021 – December 21, 2021 – Smart Financial Centre
Three-time Grammy® Award-winning and multi-platinum-selling artist Pentatonix has sold more than 10 million albums worldwide and performed for hundreds of thousands of fans at their sold out shows across the globe.

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas – December 26, 2021 – Smart Financial Centre
The sounds of the Holidays are not complete without the timeless music of Mannheim Steamroller.

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BakerRipley Houston Turkey Trot – November 25, 2021 – Galleria Area
The BakerRipley Houston Turkey Trot benefits BakerRipley, a Houston-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit with a mission to bring resources, education, and connection to our region’s most vulnerable communities and individuals. The BakerRipley Houston Turkey Trot will include three separate races in the Uptown Galleria area designed to appeal to runners of all ages and experience levels. 

2021 Jingle Bell Run – Sugar Land – December 11, 2021 – HCCS – Sugar Land
The Arthritis Foundation’s original Jingle Bell Run is a fun way to get decked out and be festive, while racing to raise funds and awareness to cure America’s #1 cause of disability. 

Santa Hustle – December 19 2021 – San Luis Resort, Galveston
If you are a Christmas lover, enjoy overplayed holiday music, devouring candy and cookies, and joining in on an epic after party then grab your favorite friends and family and register for the  Santa Hustle® Galveston 5k, Half Marathon and Kids Dash.

HOLIDAY FESTIVALS, EXHIBITIONS, EVENTS & FAMILIY ACTIVITIES

Nutcracker Market – November 11 – 14, 2021 – NRG Center
Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market has become the signature holiday fundraising shopping event in Texas that kicks off the holiday season! It is a one-stop shop featuring over 270 merchants, offering unique items for everyone, including home décor, gifts, food, apparel, toys, accessories and more. It is the best way to shop and give back during the holidays, as proceeds from each admission and special event ticket that is purchased, plus 11% of all the merchandise you buy, goes back to Houston Ballet Foundation. 

The Galleria Tree Lighting & Ice Spectacular – November 13, 2021 – The Galleria
The Annual Ice Spectacular will kick off the holiday season at The Galleria with the lighting of its 55-foot Christmas tree, featuring 450,000 twinkling lights and 5,000 ornaments in a variety of colors and shapes. 

The ICE at Discovery Green – November 12, 2021 – January 30, 2022 – Discovery Green
Glide beneath the glittering lights of downtown Houston and discover the holiday magic on Green Mountain Energy Ice at Discovery Green! 

Holiday in the Gardens – November 20, 2021 – January 2, 2022 – Moody Gardens
Eight holiday attractions in one venue. Festival of Lights · Holiday 3D Films · Hotel Packages · Rudolph 4D · Arctic Slide · Train Rides · Star: the Dancing Tree of Light · Cirque Joyeux Holiday Show (Matinee, Evening & Dinner Shows) · Pictures with Santa · New Year’s Palooza · Holiday Dinners · Nightly Fireside S’Mores.

Brew Lights – November 18, 2021 – Houston Zoo
Enjoy Zoo Lights without the kids! Walk through the Zoo with your favorite Saint Arnold brew, hard seltzer, or spiked hot chocolate during this 21 & up event. Your general admission includes two free drink tickets.

Zoo Lights – November 15, 2021 – January 9, 2022 – Houston Zoo
TXU Energy presents Zoo Lights at the Houston Zoo celebrates ten years as one of Houston’s best loved holiday traditions! Stroll through the beautiful Zoo grounds as you take in the sights and sounds this holiday season. Our Zoo animals will be enjoying a full night’s slumber. To see our animals, visit the Zoo during the day.

Frostival – November 12, 2021- The ICE at Discovery Green
Enjoy the crisp winter air on the ice opening night! The first 50 skaters in line skate for free. (Don’t purchase tickets ahead of time.) Forever Green Members skip the line and skate for free 5 – 7 pm. (Maximum 5 family members.) Reverend Butter will craft an ice sculpture with his trusty chainsaw beginning at 6:30 pm. Sir Woman will perform from 8 – 9 pm.

72nd Annual HEB Thanksgiving Day Parade – November 25, 2021 – Downtown Houston
One of the oldest Thanksgiving Day parades in the country.  Each year, several hundred thousand Houstonians line the streets to cheer on participants. The parade will traverse over 20 city blocks and will feature elaborate floats, colorful marching bands, high-flying balloons and other uniquely Houston entries.

Uptown Holiday Lighting – November 25, 2021 – Post Oak Blvd.
The AnnualUptown Holiday Lighting event kicks off the holiday season on Post Oak Boulevard. This FREE event features live entertainment, a visit from jolly Saint Nick, a fireworks extravaganza and a dazzling new light show.

An iconic and time-honored Houston tradition, the family-friendly celebration has been reimagined with the introduction of over 300 all-new, 20-foot-tall holiday trees that line Post Oak Boulevard from the West Loop to Richmond Avenue.

Holly Jolly Jingle – December 2, 2021 – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
It’s the most wonderful time of the year as The Pavilion Main Stage features performances of familiar holiday medleys by the student musicians of The Woodlands High School, The Woodlands College Park High School, Oak Ridge High School and Grand Oaks High School. Sing along to classic seasonal tunes with a certain jolly elf rumored to make an early appearance at his favorite holiday celebration.

Concertgoers will be walking in a winter wonderland of activities when the gates open at 6 p.m. with holiday arts and crafts, photos with Santa Claus, The Grinch and Cindy Lou Who plus pre-concert performances by local schools in the plazas. All are invited to climb aboard the Candy Cane Express train in the Gold Lot starting at 5:30 p.m.

2021 Houston Heights Holiday Home Tour – December 3 – 4, 2021 – Houston Heights
This 30th edition of the annual event takes the theme “These are a few of my favorite things…” and as such, each of the 5 featured homes will showcase a unique assortment of antique holiday decorations that remind their owners of the season.

Reliant Lights Mayor’s Holiday Spectacular – December 4, 2021 – Hermann Square at City Hall
The Reliant Lights Mayor’s Holiday Spectacular will ring in the Holiday season with live music and the lighting of the official holiday tree.
Santa Claus will be available for free photos with children in The Gingerbread Village, along with seasonal food and beverages for purchase. The public is invited to be part of the World’s Ultimate Toy Drive benefiting Toys for Tots by bringing a new, unwrapped toy to the event. Help make the holidays brighter for a child in need this holiday season.

Dickens On the Strand – December 3 – 5, 2021 – Galveston
The annual holiday street festival, based on 19th-century Victorian London, features parades, non-stop entertainment on four stages, new additions like Tiny Tim’s Play Land, Shopkeeper Skills Village, and roaming characters throughout the festival. Costumed vendors peddle their wares from street stalls and rolling carts laden with holiday food and drink, Victorian-inspired crafts, clothing, jewelry, holiday decorations, and gift items.